Warrior volleyball sweeps Kenowa Hills tri-match

Tribune Staff • Oct 24, 2018 at 12:15 AM

The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team rounded out their regular season Tuesday night with a tri-match at Kenowa Hills, putting their deep bench and serving prowess on display.

The Warriors finished 2-0 on the evening with wins over the hosts, 3-1, and Calvin Christian, 3-0.

Their first matchup came against Kenowa Hills, where they dropped a narrow third set to allow the match to go to four games, winning by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18.

“We controlled most of the first set, keeping a small lead most of the time verses Kenowa Hills,” said WMc head coach Trent Smillie. “In the second set, we fell behind in the middle and had a nice comeback at the end, with a couple of servers coming up big. In the third, Kenowa came back on our lead at the end with one strong server at the end of the set. In the fourth, we limited our errors and controlled much of the set with a comfortable lead.”

Calvin Christian pushed the Warriors in the first two sets, but couldn’t scrape out a win before WMC finished them off quickly in the third as they won by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-14.

“Calvin Christian was strong on defense, staying close in the first set and exchanging the lead back and forth in the second,” Smillie said. “We were able to come up with some key plays late in the second set to edge it out. In the third, we have two servers get us a big lead that we never lost. We did all this with two of our captains sitting out due to injury and illness. We have a very deep bench and every payer on our roster has something to give this team.”

Rebecca TerHaar led from the service line with 24 service points and nine aces, while Taylor Folkema led the attack with 28 kills. Chloe Mitchell greased the offense with 54 assists, while Grace VanBeek anchored the defense with 40 digs. Finally, Taylor Folkema controlled the net with six blocks.

The wins leave WMC’s regular season record at 33-13-1. They will take on the winner of North Muskegon vs. n in the district quarterfinals on Monday.

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